When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure he has the ability to get them home. But he has driven into something far beyond reason.
Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped runaway and her crazed abductor leads them all farther into the wilderness – and closer to the cold brutality that isolation brings.
At the edge of his sanity, Jack begins to learn that playing by another’s rules may be the only way to survive.
In a voice as hypnotizing as a desert mirage, debut novelist Samuel Parker entices readers down a treacherous road, where the forces of good and evil are as crushing as the Mojave heat.
The “road” in this journey is twisty and unpredictable, leading to a climatic showdown between good and evil, reminiscent of a Frank Peretti novel. Due to the surprising plot, I found the ending equally thrilling. I have to say, I’m still not entirely sure what exactly happened, or who the nomad is, but I suppose the ambiguity of that adds to the overall suspense of the story.
Purgatory Road is a promising debut novel by Samuel Parker, a fresh face on the thriller/suspense market. His writing is fantastic and the storyline always carried a thread of suspense. The characters were equally intriguing and held up the framework of the story well. I will be looking forward to reading more of the author’s work!
As a footnote: the subject matter in the story was at times dark and disturbing, akin to a “Criminal Minds” episode. So, from my viewpoint, reader discretion is advised.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.